ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects the individual’s brain; normally diagnosed in early childhood.
A diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is not the end of the world. The indicators of autism will vary between individuals, but generally kids with autism may display communication difficulties, and difficulties forming friendships with other people.
Kids with autism generally find it hard to make any sense of their environment. Often referred to as “Autism Own World”.
Research shows that in some kids with autism indicators may not present themselves until the child is between 1 -2 years of age.
What is autism? Here is a list of some of the possible indicators you may have noticed in your ASD child:
- An ASD child may lack of the ability to direct others attention to what they want or need. Unlike a normally developing child, who will point or gesture towards the object in question.
- Kids with autism rarely adjust their gaze to look at objects, and lack the inclination to look at something they are being directed towards.
- An ASD child may have communication difficulties and find sustaining or beginning conversations difficult.
- Sometimes kids with autism will be slow developing speech and sometimes speech may never actually begin.
- They may engage in repetitive behaviours…for example repeating a TV commercial or rhyme etc.
- They may confuse simple language terms, and use language in the wrong context, for example they may refer to themselves by name in a conversation or sentence, not by saying “I”; i.e. rather than saying “can I have a biscuit”, they may say “Ben wants a biscuit” and so on…
- On occasions an autistic child may prefer to communicate by gesture rather than using speech.
Children with autism tend to prefer to be alone and find maintaining and indeed starting friendships with peers difficult. Children with autism and autistic people in general have difficulties in making eye contact which can make encounters difficult
An autistic child will struggle with interactive games and pretend play, failing to see what the point of the activity or game is.
Autism what is it? Understanding your ASD child and forming appropriate ASD approaches is very important and will make the difference in helping your autistic child reach his or her full potential
There are many ASD approaches to help kids with autism understand the world they live in…
One very effective way of accomplishing this is by the introduction of visual support tools such as autism social skills stories
Autism Spectrum Disorder is being diagnosed far more these days. Research into pervasive developmental disorder has suggested that using visual support tools such as autism social skills stories has impacted on the lives and families of those diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder such as ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
ASD approaches such as autism social skills stories are used for all situations and activities the ASD child may be confused by or struggling with, for example: Going to the dentist, the death of a loved one, a new car, brushing their hair.
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Or alternatively visit any of the following sites for more information and social stories.